If a student is in special education, he or she can be deemed to have met the standard simply by improving one point from one EOI exam to the next. That's right: One point! And if all of this falls through, the student can attempt to demonstrate proficiency through a project.
In our staff's first meeting this semester, a teacher asked me if I really thought Common Core would make any difference. He was referencing the idea that after all of the money, time and effort to implement and achieve the EOI concept, it's in danger of being abandoned when it matters most.
I also find it ironic that as we head into the first year of evaluating teachers based on “test scores,” we're discussing holding the teachers accountable for student performance while abandoning the concept of holding students accountable for their own performance.
Brunk is principal at Newcastle High School.